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Dr Nicholas Van Dam

Mind the hype: Is meditation all it’s cracked up to be?


Nicholas Van Dam is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

He completed an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology and did Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Big Data. His research focuses on assessing, understanding, and treating high-prevalence psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders), in addition to work in the area of advancing the integration of first-person (via contemplative practice and improved self-report) and third-person (via neuroimaging and computational modeling) experience. Nicholas has been engaged with mindfulness and meditation research and practice since 2007, has written extensively on the assessment of mindfulness, and did his PhD thesis on the utility of mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depression.

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Mind the hype

Mind the hype: Is meditation all it’s cracked up to be?

Meditation is hailed as a sure-fire solution to everything from workplace stress to trauma recovery, a way to cope with mental illness to the key to emotional balance. In the age of the selfie, wellness sells. But what are the facts, and what’s just hype?

Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm - 9pm

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